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[Oct. 11th, 2007|12:03 pm]
Dog walkers / Pet sitters


I'm a dog walker and pet sitter in Alexandria/Arlington, Virginia, USA.
I've been doing this for . . . um, eight months now, I think.
Why I do my job: I can't imagine a better job! Every time I feel like I don't want to leave the house, I remind myself that I get to go have FUN, which I can't say for any other job I've had.
I care for: Right now, just dogs, but I'll sit for any animal a client has.

Hi! I see this community is really small right now, but I hope to help it grow :)

I'm not so great at STARTING conversations, but I'll try once in a while.

Right now, I'll ask this--

How do you, personally, deal with the situation when a dog you're walking growls, barks, and lunges at other dogs, or at people? (I have one who tries to bite golf carts! He's getting a lot better, though.)

[User Picture]From: 2partswater
2007-10-11 06:04 pm (UTC)
there's a couple of different things you can do and it's not that uncommon for a dog to be afraid of moving objects like that. one dog i walk hates HATES hates skateboards and a few of them would devour the UPS/FEDEX trucks if they were ever let loose.

while walking, carry lots of small, bite-sized treats. when a golf cart approaches, make him sit and stay. give him a treat. make him sit and stay the entire time the cart passes. reward him and keep his attention with the treats.

OR...you could keep the treats in your hand and not allow him to stop walking at all. if this means you walk faster, run, etc then do it but give him treats while you're walking. as long as he's not focused on that golf cart but turns his attention to you, give him a treat.

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[User Picture]From: mrsgidget
2007-10-29 08:40 pm (UTC)
2partswater is right! Treats work really well.
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